Manufactured by
Thorngate Uniforms, Inc.
Worn by
Lieutenant Colonel Wrice, Jesse E. Jr., American
Subject of
United States Navy, American, founded 1775
synthetic fiber, leather, and metal fasteners
H x W x D (on form): 29 × 23 × 9 1/2 in. (73.7 × 58.4 × 24.1 cm)
H x W (flat): 28 × 16 1/2 in. (71.1 × 41.9 cm)
A black parade dress uniform jacket worn by Jesse E. Wrice Jr. as midshipman (junior grade) while attending the US Naval Academy. The double-breasted jacket closes at the center front with two (2) columns of nine (9) buttons each, which feature a raised design of an eagle holding an anchor surrounding by thirteen (13) five-pointed stars. The buttons on the proper left front side are decorative. The standing collar is trimmed in gold piping and closes at the center front with one (1) large flat metal hook-and-eye closure. The straight cut full-length sleeves feature two (2) bands of gold piping on each sleeve near the wrist. Each cuff also has one (1) black patch sewn to the outer side with one (1) gold five-pointed star embroidered on the patch indicating the midshipman rank of lieutenant (junior grade). The jacket is fully lined in black fabric. There are four (4) metal collar buttons attached at even intervals around the interior of the standing collar. A band of black leather is sewn along the interior waist as a stiffener, with two (2) large metal belt loops attached around the leather, one at each side waist. There is one (1) vertically oriented inset pocket at the interior proper left breast. A black fabric manufacturer's label is sewn to the outside of the pocket reading "TAILORED FOR THE / UNITED STATES / NAVAL ACADEMY / by Thorngate Uniforms, Inc. / NORRISTOWN, PA. / PROFESSIONAL DRY CLEAN ONLY" with the US Naval Academy logo stitched in gold. An additional white fabric tag with embroidered and handwritten text is attached to the lining of the pocket that reads "THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY / 36 / 919 Wrice, Jr. J.E. / 117E 838436 / by Thorngate Uniforms, Inc. / NORRISTOWN, PA.". A United Garment Workers of America union label is sewn beneath it.
Place used
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
dress uniforms
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Lt. Col. Jesse E. Wrice, Jr. USMC (ret.)
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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